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August 2013

Mourning and honoring Kip Tokuda


Catherine Lester We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our beloved former colleague and friend Kip Tokuda, who passed away on July 13th. Numerous obituaries and official tributes have noted his many professional achievements, but here at the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) the news of his passing moved us on a deeper, more personal level.

Kip worked for HSD and the City of Seattle in several capacities. In 2002 he was hired as the director of the department's Family and Youth Services division and he subsequently worked in the Director's Office as a Strategic Advisor. Among other duties, he coordinated the department's Race and Social Justice Initiative. He retired in 2008 but returned to HSD in 2010 as Acting Director for six months. Most recently, Kip was appointed by Mayor McGinn to the Community Police Commission.

Kip was born in Seattle in 1946, the second of five siblings. He grew up in the Central District and Beacon Hill and graduated from Cleveland High School and the University of Washington. Throughout his career, Kip was renowned for his work on behalf of children and families. He was executive director of the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. He served for eight years (1994-2002) in the State House of Representatives, representing the 37th legislative district in Central/Southeast Seattle.

To Seattle's Asian American community, Kip was an honored leader and community activist who mentored younger generations of civic and political leaders. Kip was a founder of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation.

Our thoughts are with Kip's family in this time of loss. To view HSD staff tributes to Kip, please visit our Facebook page

Catherine Lester
Interim Director, Seattle Human Services Department
State budget favorable to human services

 Capitol buildingThe final 2013-2015 state budget preserved essential safety net services and increased funding for early learning. A few highlights are listed below:

  • Services for seniors: Although, we will not receive any new dollars, the good news is that our funding will not be cut. Highlights include Medicaid expansion to 300,000 state residents who are currently uninsured, restoration of adult dental care in the Medicaid program, and a small wage increase for home care workers. 
  • Early childhood education: The state-funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) will receive an additional $22 million over the next biennium. Seattle ECEAP won't receive any new slots in 2013, but may receive some in 2014 and 2015. 
  • Homeless services: The budget allocates more than $50 million for the Housing Trust Fund that creates and preserves affordable housing, especially for the very low-income; preserves funding for Housing and Essential Needs and the Aged, Blind and Disabled programs; and extends foster care for youth to age 21 in an effort to prevent homelessness. 
  • Meeting basic needs: the new budget increases funding for the State Food Assistance program, providing food assistance for low-income legal immigrants and their children, and maintains support for the Washington Information Network 211, ensuring that the 211 referral system remains intact.
Free half-day preschool - you may be eligible

Boy with blocks The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is now enrolling for the 2013-14 school year. The program is funded by Washington State Department of Early Learning and the City of Seattle. ECEAP is a free half-day preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds whose families live or work in Seattle and meet income guidelines.

  • Our preschools prepare your child for kindergarten.
  • Our preschools honor family, culture and language.
  • Our preschools help develop the skills and love for learning that lead to success in school and in life.

For more information call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1050 or see this brochure.

Funding available for homeless services, housing

The King County Homeless Housing Funder Group announced the availability of approximately $45.5 million in combined funding for housing with supportive services to address homelessness throughout King County. Seven public and private funders are participating in the 2013 combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), including the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), the Seattle Office of Housing, King County Department of Community and Human Services, Seattle Housing Authority, King County Housing Authority, United Way of King County, A Regional Coalition for Housing, and Building Changes. Funding for new affordable housing (capital projects) and operating support, rental assistance and supportive services for new and existing housing was announced in the NOFA. The combined NOFA provides streamlined application processes, reviews and awards to expedite providers' ability to implement projects and house homeless households. HSD is participating with HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS): $225,000 for capital development and for operating/services/rental assistance. For more information, please visit this Web site.

$105K for homeless children
Sound Mental Health logo Mayor Mike McGinn has announced the award of $105,500 to Sound Mental Health for behavioral health services to homeless families with young children. The funding will expand a pilot project developed by the Seattle Human Services Department for early intervention services for young homeless children with moderate or severe behavioral or emotional issues related to homelessness. The pilot project will continue at Solid Ground's Broadview Transitional Housing Program in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. For details, please see this news release
Three Seattle preschools to receive Levy funding

Last month, Mayor McGinn announced the award of $470,000 in funding from the 2011 Families and Education Levy for investments in early learning at three Seattle preschools as part of the Seattle Human Services Department's Step Ahead preschool program. The 2011 funding increases slots at one existing Levy-funded preschool, Denise Louie Education Center in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood, and adds two preschools to the Step Ahead program, Seed of Life LLC (southeast Seattle), and Puget Sound Educational Service District (southwest Seattle). The Levy now funds a total of 20 preschool sites operated by 11 community agencies. HSD administers the Step Ahead preschool program. For more details, see this news release.

Seeking applicants for home-delivered meals for seniors

Aging & Disability Services (ADS), a division of the Seattle Human Services Department is seeking proposals from agencies interested in providing home-delivered meals to older adults in King County. Home-delivered meals are a component of the Senior Nutrition Program, a federal program to improve the health and well-being of older adults by providing them with nutritious meals, opportunities for social engagement, and access to other services and health promotion-related activities. Approximately $1.2 million is available for this Request for Investment (RFI) for 2014. RFI materials and updates are available at this Web site. The application deadline is Sept. 8, 2013. There will be an information session on Aug. 8, 2013, 2 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, 98144. 

August Coffee Hour to feature FBI special agent
FBI logoPlease join us at the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Senior Coffee Hour, this month featuring FBI Special Agent Eric Petersen. 

The Coffee Hour will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:00-11:00 a.m., at the Central Building, 810 3rd Ave., between Columbia and Marion streets.
City receives $60K to enhance meal programs for kids

On July 15th, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced that the City of Seattle was one of 15 cities nationwide to receive grants to help reduce childhood hunger by increasing participation in after-school and summer meal programs for kids. The $60,000 grant will fund a program expansion consultant, a marketing and outreach campaign and start-up costs for new meals sites. NLC and the Food Research and Action Center will provide technical assistance, peer learning, and webinars to guide the grantees. HSD is working in partnership with United Way of King County, and WithinReach (a Washington state agency that works to improve maternal, child and family health) on implementing the grant.  

Fresh produce for homebound seniors

 VegetablesThe Seattle Human Services Department's Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division is partnering with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), 21 Acres Food Hub and local farmers to deliver fresh, organic produce bags to low-income, homebound seniors in King County this summer. This unique program is launching a new farm business while increasing access to healthy food. On July 10th Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Coop and 21 Acres delivered the first produce boxes to Meals on Wheels and Chicken Soup Brigade, two agencies that contract with ADS to deliver food to homebound seniors. NABC is providing a total of 1,200 produce bags through the summer and about 300 clients will be receiving them. 

Low-income residents eat healthier with 'Fresh Bucks' program

Building on a successful pilot in 2012, the City of Seattle - in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, The Seattle Foundation, and 17 farmers markets and farm stands around Seattle - has launched an expanded Fresh Bucks program that will run from July through October 2013. Fresh Bucks doubles the value of produce purchases made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at all Seattle Farmers Markets. EBT users receive $10 in Fresh Bucks per day for the purchase of fruits and vegetables when they purchase a minimum of $10 with their EBT card. For more information see this Web site.

Seniors can get info on estate planning

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens is now hosting the Senior Rights Assistance Program that provides trained volunteers to assist with information about estate planning, guardianship, landlord/tenant concerns and elder law attorney referrals. For more information, please call 206-684-0500.

City opens customer service center downtown

City of Seattle logo City of Seattle customers can now pay utility bills and taxes, purchase pet licenses, get a business license, and obtain information about and referrals to City services at a new customer service center located in the main lobby on the fourth floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT), 700 Fifth Ave. The customer service center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most of the business City customers come downtown to transact is housed in SMT. Rather than having to travel to different floors within the high-rise, customers can conduct basic business in the street-level lobby. Considered a pilot project, Seattle officials will track the utilization of the center through the end of this year to determine if it makes sense to continue offering this service in 2014. Call 206-684-2489 (CITY) if you have questions or would like more information regarding this new service, or read the news release

One Million Meals campaign to feed hungry kids

United Way logo United Way is feeding hungry kids this summer. The goal in this two-year One Million Meals Campaign is to serve 1 million summertime meals to kids and teens all over King County. About 99,000 school children rely on free or reduced-price lunch during the school year but in the summer, only 1 in 7 takes part in free meal programs. Hundreds of locations and community partners (including the Seattle Human Services Department) are setting up meal and activity sites where anyone 18 and younger can get a free bite to eat. Click here to learn how you can volunteer or participate in this effort. 

Project Cool for back to school!

Project Cool Every fall through Project Cool, South King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) members and volunteers make sure that hundreds of homeless children and youth start the school year off right. Project Cool helps homeless students get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared. For more than 24 years, Project Cool has helped more than 23,000 homeless students be ready for the first day of school. Project Cool for Back-to-School needs volunteers this month to help prepare 1,300 backpacks to make sure that homeless children in preschool through 12th grade start the school year off right in the fall. Click here to find out how you can be involved or contact Kathryn Murdock, Project Cool 2013 Coordinator at

Services for homeless at one-day 'resource exchange'

The Community Resource Exchange brings together hundreds of volunteers and 100 service providers to help more than 1,000 men, women and children facing homelessness to receive the services they need most. Organized by United Way of King County, the exchange will be held on September 17, 2013 at the Seattle Center. Free services include: 

  • Legal counseling
  • Medical and dental services
  • Hot meals
  • Books, socks and hygiene kits
  • Haircuts
  • Employment assistance
  • Public benefits assistance
  • Housing referrals and MORE
You can support the 2013 Community Resource Exchange by holding a supply drive. Sign up here to assist with the collection of socks, sneakers and hygiene kits. 
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Yes, even the human services world has entered the realm of social media. 

TwitterFacebookMany service providers are on Facebook and Twitter, and so is the Seattle Human Services Department. It is another way to stay connected and hear about the latest news and information about funding opportunities and other need-to-know information. Please visit us on Facebook and "like" our page. Follow us on Twitter @SeattleHSD.  


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